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Sugar Nymphs

May 13, 2016 Sugar Nymphs, New Mexico

by Sallie Bingham

There are several small towns in the valley along the High Road that leads to Taos, set this early in the summer in deep green fields, due to a pretty good snowpack from last winter and even a little rain. The willows along the stream have turned pale green, almost yellow, and for the first time in a long while, I saw some beef cattle relaxing in a roadside field. The decade-long drought has meant that most ranchers have sold their herds, and almost no one is ploughing and planting this spring, except for a farmer along the highway through Española—the other way to go to Taos from Santa Fe—who has been ploughing and planting for weeks. Coming up, his green sprouts seem to be the tops of onions. 

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May 12, 2016
by Sallie Bingham
In the attic of a decrepit garage on the old farm I own in Kentucky, Wolf Pen Mill, piles of old paperbacks were found recently, soggy from a leak in the roof; but in a far corner, a decaying box, covered with a crumpled sheet of brown paper, had not been touched by a single drop.
Inside that box I found dozens of letters, spanning the 1930’s to the 1960’s—only the latest in typescript—one from a husband to a wife, regretting her visit to Horse Cave and admitting that even after six years of marriage, he missed her keenly.
Here also I found letter paper from a business in Frankfort that sold lumber of every description, and hand-drawn geometric images that may have served as patterns for pieces of a quilt.
And much more.
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Hillary's ''Woman Card''; Millennial Voters; #MoreThanMean

April 29, 2016

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Donald Trump’s attack on Hillary Clinton’s “woman card,” Kristin Tate’s new book “Government Gone Wild,” and combating abuse against women on social media

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is The Nation’s Zoe Carpenter, IWF Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer, Anushay’s Point Founder Anushay Hossain, and GOP Strategist Jennifer Higgins.

Click read more to see what they had to say!

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What It Takes to Be a Writer

April 28, 2016

by Sallie Bingham

Every Tuesday evening, I drive the sixty plus miles from Santa Fe to Taos to join the six or seven members of my writing group, sponsored by SOMOS, the long-lived and long-enduring Society of the Muse of the Southwest.

Several years ago, Bonnie Lee Black, then living in Taos and the most gifted teacher I have had the privilege of encountering, began our workshop in the writing of what is called–rather mystifyingly, to me– “Creative Non-Fiction.” This seems to beg the question: what is non-creative non-fiction? I dread to think…

Last fall, Bonnie moved to Mexico and it seemed that our workshop, like all of them, would end.

It did not.

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The Rogue Factor

April 26, 2016

by Sallie Bingham

A week ago, I had the distinct honor and privilege of speaking to 300 students and faculty at Morehead State University in the far eastern corner of Kentucky. The experience will stay with me for a long while.

Due to the devoted efforts of my new friend, Professor Michael Harford, the students had created 30 posters to announce the event; I’m including one here, which made the most of my career.

The day was designed to honor and commemorate the work of the eighty-eight year old wife of a former president of Morehead, Wilma Grote, who had established the first symposium for the advancement of women in 1991.

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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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